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Old 02-26-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
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Going out west for the first time this May. Does anyone have recommendations for good Rv Resorts in the Jackson Hole area. I have a 38ft Class A with three slides. Wanting to use Jackson Hole as my base camp for touring Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. Recommendations for sites to see would also be helpful.
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Buffalo Bill museum in Cody. Chief Joseph highway. Bear Tooth Pass.
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The Virginian Lodge seems to be the best of the 2 RV parks actually in Jackson, WY. Many people like Rafter J Ranch too.
Since Jackson is a tourist destination, everyplace is expensive unless you boondock.
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Jackson really is too far away to tour the Tetons and Yellowstone. I would recommend getting a site at Colter Bay RV in Grand Teton Nat'l Park. It's midway between Jackson and Yellowstone and in a much prettier setting than Jackson.
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We stayed at Lazy J corral - I don't think they make reservations but it was nice, not fancy but inexpensive and adequate. Owners extremely nice. They recommended going to the Bar J Chuckwagon show and we enjoyed it.
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It's a pretty good drive just to get to Yellowstone from Jackson then it's a ways into Yellowstone to see a lot.

If you are coming in or leaving through the east side, then Cody, Chief Joseph & Beartooth are must sees. Actually, they're worthy of a destination!
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If were me I would not try to select a base to see Yellowstone and the Tetons, too far apart and Yellowstone is too big. I would stay in Yellowstone at Fishing Bridge or in West Yellowstone at Grizzly. For a one place base you might look at Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch which is between the parks.
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Buffalo Bill museum in Cody. Chief Joseph highway. Bear Tooth Pass.

Yep, all are "must sees" !
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I would recommend getting a place right next to or actually in the park you want to visit. Until you've been there it's hard to grasp just how big these western NPs are! Depending on what particular sight you want to see at Yellowstone on a given day, you may have a 50-60 mile drive AFTER you've passed the entrance gate.

If not this trip, be sure at some time you visit Glacier NP.
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I would recommend getting a place right next to or actually in the park you want to visit. Until you've been there it's hard to grasp just how big these western NPs are! Depending on what particular sight you want to see at Yellowstone on a given day, you may have a 50-60 mile drive AFTER you've passed the entrance gate.

If not this trip, be sure at some time you visit Glacier NP.

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We've stayed twice at The Virginian in Jackson. Last stay just this summer. It is a gravel well kept parking lot type RV park immediately behind The Virginian Hotel. You have full use of the hotel amenities, pool, laundry, wifi. Very central location just a mile or two from the Jackson Central Square. Don't miss the Bar J Chuckwagon BarBQ in Jackson. Well worth the fare and a fun evening of entertainment. The Million Dollar Saloon is pretty cool. Jackson is a bit far for a basecamp for Yellowstone, a good hour or more drive to the entrance. I'd suggest pulling up stakes and basecamping at West Yellowstone for the Yellowstone experience. We really liked West Yellowstone KOA, Grizzly is another favorite (closer but less amenities).
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If were me I would not try to select a base to see Yellowstone and the Tetons, too far apart and Yellowstone is too big. I would stay in Yellowstone at Fishing Bridge or in West Yellowstone at Grizzly. For a one place base you might look at Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch which is between the parks.
I agree. We stayed at Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone for five days and toured Yellowstone three days of that and still hadn't seen everything in the park. The speed limit in the park is 45 mph with frequent stopped traffic for wildlife so it takes quite a while to get around in the park.
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I agree. We stayed at Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone for five days and toured Yellowstone three days of that and still hadn't seen everything in the park. The speed limit in the park is 45 mph with frequent stopped traffic for wildlife so it takes quite a while to get around in the park.
Thank you much for the reply, just booked a reservation request for Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park. Coming from the east are there any concerns related to the drive there. I know the mid west is a lot of flat land , don't know much about the area around Yellowstone. I's in a 2012 Georgetown 378 gas coach
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Thank you much for the reply, just booked a reservation request for Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park. Coming from the east are there any concerns related to the drive there. I know the mid west is a lot of flat land , don't know much about the area around Yellowstone. I's in a 2012 Georgetown 378 gas coach
On our latest trip there, I took an easy, interesting route starting from Des Moines, Iowa. I-80 to Little America in SW Wyoming. North on Hwy 30 after leaving Little America (good place to fill up and take a bit of a break). Keeping on Hwy 30 through Oakley and Cokeville WY, to Hwy 89 near the Idaho border. Hwy 89 north to Alpine, WY and on to Hoback and Jackson, WY. Nice, easy route, services along the way and not crowded or too busy.

Hwy 89 from Alpine to Jackson follows the Snake River and is a beautiful, easy (not steep) drive through the mountains. Lots of turn offs for picture taking or having lunch. There are campgrounds along the way right on the river.

Then there's the section of 89 between Jackson and Yellowstone Park. This passes through the Grand Tetons National Park and is something not to be missed. We stayed at Flagg Ranch campground at the North end of Grand Tetons NP for one night before heading on up to West Yellowstone.
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Hwy 89 will bring you to the south entrance to Yellowstone NP. Then through the park over to West Yellowstone and Grizzly RV Park. Now you've got it made, sitting at the doorstep to the park.

This route builds anticipation as you get closer to Yellowstone. The drive from Alpine to Hoback is not busy and you mostly have the road all to yourself and we were there in July.

We left Yellowstone out the North entrance and went on up to Billings MT., beautiful, and then on to Theodore Roosevelt NP and then on down to Devil's Tower and then the Black Hills.

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